Dr. Chukwulebe is a Steel Industry professional with over 25 years in the industry. Bernard began his early years as a Metallurgical Engineer and later worked four years as a full time University Lecturer before rejoining the Steel Industry at ArcelorMittal in 1999. He has since then been in R&D focusing on developing and implementing process solutions for modern Steel Manufacturing with emphasis on Advanced High Strength Steels and data-driven Smart Manufacturing. Bernard brings strong technical, organizational and communication skills that are required to lead efficient board while keeping the foundation focused on its stated mission. Bernard has many years of volunteering experience being a member of the St. Ann Catholic Church Ushers group since 2003 and serving in the St. Ann Catholic School Board since 2017. He enjoys spending quality time with his family and friends and is a passionate advocate for the application of modern technology in resolving social problems.
Larisa Chukwulebe (Vice President)
Inspired by their children, Dr. Bernard and Mrs. Larisa Chukwulebe championed the creation of Resolve Foundation to reflect their family’s commitment to empowering younger generation and providing them with the skills needed to thrive in a rapidly changing and socio-economically challenging world. Over the years, they have watched how the gap between the rich and the middle class widened while opportunities for our younger generations continued to narrow. Healthcare costs are getting out of reach and mounting debt is increasingly stifling growth opportunities for many young Americans. The Chukwulebe family is committed to using their resources, networks and experience in pursuit of a key mission to invest in youths, technologies and ideas that can bring positive change and ensure a more prosperous, peaceful and just future for all. Mrs. Chukwulebe is the current Vice President of Resolve Foundation and also works as a local Insurance Agent in the Chicago area. She has over 15 years volunteering experience in the Lansing area.
Aliona Chukwulebe (Operations)
Aliona is a rising Chicago area Singer and Songwriter with passion for social work. She graduated from Purdue University Northwest majoring in Communications-Advertising and is putting what she learnt from communications and integrated marketing into use in volunteering for Resolve Foundation while pursuing her dream of becoming a famous artist. "I took classes like Multi-Track Music Recording, Social Media and Public Relations, Advertising, Photography, Cinematography, Journalism, Literature, Writing and so on. Looking back, I felt a lot like I was never in the know about main issues that are being debated in our society and the news. Issues like healthcare, taxes, gun violence and gun laws; and even student debt were and sometimes still are very complicated to understand, but are things that actually shape our future. I am currently in my 20's and I still feel like I need help to better understand these issues. Because there aren't many opportunities for young people's opinions to be heard I feel proud to volunteer for Resolve Foundation whose mission it is to empower the youth. I wanted to take a step further and use what I learned in order to help Resolve Foundation and to build my career as an independent artist." Aliona work’s closely with the President, members and partners of Resolve Foundation on all matters of the organization. More about Aliona at www.alionamedia.com.
Robert Abiamiri (Development)
Rob believes that young people have the power to make a real difference in changing the world. He is passionate about harnessing the power of our youth's curiosity and developing it into a desire for involvement in social and civic engagement. Rob spent his early years at the University of Maryland, College Park, graduating as a double major in Economics & Criminal Justice while competing on the gridiron as a division I athlete. He also earned a Master of Science from the University of Maryland, University College in Information Technology Management. After a brief stint in professional football Rob has since spent the last 12 years of his career working in the technology and engineering industry. Currently, he is a Site Manager for Facebook's infrastructure organization, building hyperscale data centers in the northern Virginia region. Rob brings his passion to work every day and he’s excited to use his experience and leverage technology to get young people plugged into the work of the Resolve Foundation and the communities around them. Rob enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, working out, traveling, and watching stand-up comedy.
Cathy Chukwulebe (Programs)
Cathy Chukwulebe is the Programs Director for Resolve Foundation. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Notre Dame and is pursuing her MBA at Harvard Business School. As an engineer by training and a problem solver by experience, she has used her skills in a Leadership and Technical Development Program at Caterpillar Inc, a heavy equipment manufacturing company. Through Caterpillar, Cathy was able to mentor and guide other young female manufacturing engineers on career decisions, thus developing a passion for helping young adults gain access to resources for personal and professional self-improvement.
Cathy hopes to use her technical background, analytical mindset, and business knowledge to lead Resolve Foundation in achieving its initiatives for outreach in the community, obtaining proper funding, and implementing growth strategies. Through Resolve Foundation, her enthusiasm for building well-rounded young adults through personal mentoring and advocating and facilitating connections to local impactful organizations continues to grow.
Dr. Steve Chukwulebe (Finance)
Steve is an emergency physician in the greater Chicago area. Steve holds a Bachelors in Finance and Bachelors in Biochemistry degrees from Loyola University Chicago. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, he returned to Chicago to complete an Emergency Medicine residency program at Northwestern University. Steve continues to practice clinically in various local ERs and joined the Resolve Foundation to volunteer his free time to give back to the community. He hopes that his frontline knowledge of the challenges faced by various communities can help foster a healthier and brighter younger generation.
Outside of his clinical time, Steve has also studied basic drawing, painting, and sculpture classes locally through his high school and college career. Now, he continues to nurture his passion for art by trying to find time to produce a few pieces a year. Learn more about his artwork at http://madebychuks.com
Ihuoma Abiamiri (Analyst/Social Media)
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” -Winston Churchill
Ihuoma is a Colorado native, but currently resides in Virginia with her husband and two children. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, College Park and her Master Science in Computer Forensics from George Washington University. Early on in her career, Ihuoma worked in the legal field at a firm in Washington D.C., and later transitioned to the Federal Government sector working within the technology and cyber security space.
Ihuoma has a passion for doing work that benefits others. She has served as a volunteer for a variety of community service initiatives that supported military families and youth education. Her desire to align herself with an organization whose purpose mirrored her heart is what led her to the Resolve Foundation. Ihuoma enjoys traveling, cooking and dancing the night away. She lives for a good story, great conversation (preferably over a delicious meal), and absolutely loves hosting family and friends.
Stephanie Nelson (Budget/Finance)
Stephanie is an intellectual property attorney in Chicago. She holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University and a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law. At her law firm, Stephanie is the Chicago representative for the Associate’s Committee and the Women’s Forum. She also has a committed pro bono practice focused on helping people who are seeking asylum.
Outside of law firm life, Stephanie has a passion for education, women’s empowerment, and health and wellness. The Resolve Foundation is a complement to her passions and she is excited to see this organization grow. Stephanie loves yoga, listening to podcasts, and has recently started needlepointing.
Liz Chukwulebe (Youth Outreach)
Liz Chukwulebe is a volunteer member for Resolve Foundation and current student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A graduate of Thornton Fractional South High School, Liz has been involved in year round volleyball since her freshman year, and was captain for four teams including club and high school teams. Liz has participated in National Honors Society and has been a Senior Ambassador in high school, where she participated in several community outreach programs. She is a recipient of many academic and athletic awards including top ten percent of the class of 2019, President’s Education Awards Program for Outstanding Educational Excellence, SSC Scholar Athlete, U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Excellence Award, Illinois State Scholar, All- Conference Athlete 2017 and 2018, American Family Dreams Foundation Scholarship, and the Golden Alumni Association Scholarship. Along with her many competitive and social experiences in high school activities, Liz hopes to use her social skills to connect with other youths; persuade and motivate them to build successful adult lives. She wishes her enthusiasm and adulting experience will help her to provide feedback to Resolve Foundation regarding the impact of their work on youth and the community at large.
We greatly cherish the support and oversight of our Honorary Board
Dan Podgorski, Village Administrator, Lansing IL
Dan is the current Administrator, former Village President and two-term Mayor of Village of Lansing, IL. In his current position, Dan is responsible for managing daily operations and providing leadership and direction to all Village departments, various boards, commissions, and committees. Dan ensures the village delivers high quality services to residents and businesses alike through leadership, professionalism, innovation, adaptability and accountability. His personal engagement and dedication to our youth is beyond parallel. He tirelessly works to provide everything needed for youth sports to be an enjoyable experience for participants, families, and visitors - all with a spirit of humility that is contagious. Dan has served for many years on the St. Ann Sports Committee, coached baseball and basketball, and has vast experience in board administration as the former president of the Lansing Old Timers and current President of St. Ann School Board. Dan was inducted into the Lansing Little League Hall of Fame in 2018. His humble service is the blueprint for all who volunteer their time and efforts.
The selfless sacrifice of all our volunteers is highly appreciated. Thank you!
Volunteer Speakers at our Money-Smart Financial Awareness Seminar
Tanika House - Assistant Director of Financial Aid at Purdue University Northwest
Anthony Sindone - Clinical Assistant Professor of Finance and Economic Development at Purdue University Northwest and co-host of Lakeshore PBS “Money On Call”
Amanda Daluga - President, GOOD Financial, Lansing Illinois